Can we truly say mobile technology puts the world in our hands, when all we can see is 2D images in a flat (or slightly curved) screen? Technology continues to improve and I say it’s time for the true next-generation devices to hit the store shelves. VR and Augmented reality are the first things that come to mind, but there is another type of display we haven’t been paying too much attention to, other than in movies – holograms.
What is the Holus?
We usually think of holographic projections as some kind of science fiction element, or something we won’t see going mainstream for a long time. The truth is this can go mainstream very soon, and one of the hottest Kickstarter projects around aims to accomplish just that. Enter Holus, the first holographic display planning to reach your homes and offices. No longer do you have to be some Tony Stark-level millionaire to enjoy holographic content!
This intricate contraption can pretty much take content from a computer, tablet or smartphone and turn it into a 3D experience. Its looks are quite odd, but you can bet its functionality will definitely drop your jaw. This thing literally has endless applications. You can do so much with it!
You could play board games, have holographic video conferences, look at planets, take a glance at a design before 3D-printing it or have an artificial intelligence assistant literally take form before your eyes (Cortana, anyone?). This thing will probably become every designer’s dream, as you can even use it with a Leap Motion (as well as other input methods like Kinect).
To make things a bit more convenient, the guys at H+ Technology did include a tablet dock, USB charging ports, motion tracking, WiFi, Bluetooth and speakers. It is a complete solution for mobile holographic content, really.
Different Holus versions
So there’s a couple versions. One is designed for the home, while the “Pro” version is optimized for more serious users. The main differences are that the Holus Pro Edition is bigger, comes with 4 charging ports, has a higher resolution of 1920x1920p (as opposed to 1600x1600p), uses an ambient sensor and comes with an SDK license.
Pricing and availability
So we can all assume this thing won’t be cheap, right? It sure won’t, but it’s also not as inaccessible as you would imagine. Most people will be able to afford one if they really want it. In fact, it costs around the same as your average high-end smartphones. There are still some early bird and late bird specials you can take advantage of, but the regular Kickstarter price for a Holus Home Edition is about $693 USD, and the Holus Pro Edition is about $775 USD.
The campaign ends in 19 days, but the project has been a total success and has already seen its funding goal met. It is nearing $200,000 USD in funding, when their goal was only $40,296. So it’s all backed and there is no turning back now! The Kickstarter page promises these Holus holographic displays should begin shipping in 2016, with the first customers seeing them hit doorsteps in March.
This is truly amazing, guys. Imagine playing Final Fantasy Tactics on this thing? Or maybe a good platformer game. Content will evolve only as far as developers take it, so we hope creators get on board with this. The campaign is looking very popular, so we assume it is off to a great start.
Are any of you guys buying a Holus? It’s a bit pricey for my wallet, but here at Android Authority we will at least make sure to stay on the lookout and tell you everything about it as more information is revealed.